Exploring Ecosystem Services and Subsistence Farming Activities in Rural Nepal

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Friday, March 14, 2025 to Sunday, March 30, 2025
Type of Travel: 
Travel Course
Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 1, 2024
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Program dates are tentative and subject to change

The livelihoods of most of the smallholder farmers in Nepal heavily rely on various ecosystem services and traditional modes of subsistence farming activities. In the recent past, farmers are experiencing a serious decline in forest ecosystems, visible signs of prolonged droughts, delayed or erratic rainfalls, hailstorms, river swellings, and unexpected flooding. They are also observing an increased number of crop-related diseases and pests. Diseases are also prominent in livestock. These changes are impacting rural livelihoods severely. The proposed study abroad program will offer firsthand knowledge about the everyday struggles of smallholder farmers, mostly women. Additionally, students will hear and learn the implications of climate change on Nepal's overall ecosystems and farming activities. Students will also get the opportunity to interact with representatives of development agencies and get familiar with programs and policies implemented to address issues concerning smallholder farming activities and climate change. The knowledge gained from the field visits and exposure to Nepal's socio-cultural, geographical, and ecological diversity will contribute to students’ personal and professional development.

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